Iran’s president has dismissed threats of a new round of UN sanctions over his country’s nuclear programme.
Speaking at a press conference on the fringes of the nuclear non-proliferation conference in New York, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said fresh sanctions would mean the US had given up on engaging Iran diplomatically.
“We do not embrace or welcome any of these resolutions or sanctions but experience has taught us that sanctions cannot stop the Iranian nation. The Iranian nation is able to withstand the pressure of the United States and its allies and has managed to turn that into opportunities for progress,” said President Ahmadinejad
However, the UN Security Council is expected to seek further economic penalties against Tehran.
The West accuses Iran of trying to develop atomic weapons under the guise of nuclear research for peaceful power generation. It is something which Iran constantly denies.
Despite criticising the UN, Ahmadinejad said Iran would not withdraw from the nuclear non-proliferation treaty as North Korea has done.